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Lots of Beauty and Lots of Mulch

In Spanish, "muchisma" -- the feminine form of an adjective meaning "much" -- or "muchisimo" are more expressive than "mucho" for saying you've got lots of something. As you, no doubt deduced from this issue's title, we're connecting you to lots of information about planting milkweeds, because we want the world to have muchisimas Monarch butterflies.

You'll also find a number of links to information about mulch here, including one about the value, as well as the headache, of gravel in your landscape. Gravel mulch makes life easier for roots in hot, dry climates.

Another link talks about composting and mulching with autumn leaves, instead of throwing away this valuable organic matter. Winter mulching Salvias with a thick layer of leaves is important in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones where winters have freeze-thaw-freeze cycles. In spring, you move the leaves away from sages and other mint family plants to warm the soil and keep roots from rotting.

A third mulching link describes the process called sheet or lasagna mulching, in which you reclaim and enrich the soil in weedy areas of your yard with layers of newspaper, cardboard, compost, hay and other other organic matter.

As always, the opening of each Salvia Guru issue seems to go on and on (too many words or muchisimas palabras). So we'll stop here and say ¡Muchisimas gracias! for subscribing to Salvia Guru. We appreciate you telling others about our free subscriptions.

Photo Credit: Asclepias speciosa before bloom, Alicia Rudnicki.

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